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Valdosta Tech turns 40

May 13, 2004

Valdosta - Valdosta Technical College has changed Laveria Johnson's life. "I've had the best experience, I'm so prepared for the real world," said Johnson.

In a few months, she'll graduate with a degree in Computer Information Systems. That's something she never thought possible until she enrolled here. "I had the best instructors, they worked with me and my work schedule, I had an eight month old and sometimes I took tests with him in my lap," said Johnson.

Stories like Laveria's stretch almost half a century long. The college has been turning out successful graduates for 40 years now.

Business instructor Anna Johnson has been there since the beginning. "There were only 12 people on board, from the president down to the custodial staff," said Johnson.

Now the school employees about 300 people, and more than 2,500 students are enrolled each semester. "We touch 10,000 students every year, that's in adult lit., contract training, continuing education and our credit certificate programs," said President James Bridges.

The college will grow even more this summer. In July, construction is set to begin on a new 90,000 square foot addition, located on vacant land beside the main campus. "We'll expand our library in there, we'll expand some economic programs into that area, it will house food service and child care," said Bridges.

It's just one way they're providing more resources to put students like Laveria out in the workforce.

posted at 3:10 P.M. by ashley.harper@walb.com

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